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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 27 15 23 26 91 LA LAKERS 21 29 22 27 99 FINAL


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NEW YORK (91) AT LA LAKERS (99)

NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

DUDLEY F 21 1-2 0-2 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 2 JOHNSON F 36 3-7 6-8 1 1 2 2 5 0 1 12 EWING C 41 9-25 2-2 1 12 13 0 6 2 3 20 HOUSTON G 36 6-12 2-3 0 4 4 3 3 1 3 15 WARD G 26 1-6 0-0 1 5 6 4 0 1 3 2 CAMBY 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 CHILDS 27 3-4 4-4 1 2 3 6 1 1 1 11 SPREWELL 33 9-17 5-6 2 5 7 2 2 0 2 25 THOMAS 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 19-25 10 31 41 20 27 6 13 91 (.442) (.760) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

RICE F 37 8-14 2-4 2 2 4 3 3 1 1 19 RODMAN F 35 1-2 5-6 2 10 12 1 2 0 1 7 ONEAL C 39 8-16 5-15 4 5 9 0 4 0 3 21 BRYANT G 39 11-20 7-8 0 5 5 3 3 5 2 29 HARPER G 29 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 9 3 1 2 8 FISHER 19 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 5 0 2 4 FOX 20 3-8 2-4 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 9 HORRY 13 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 0 0 ROOKS 9 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 23-39 12 32 44 24 24 8 11 99 (.486) (.590) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

NEW YORK 27 15 23 26 - 91 LA LAKERS 21 29 22 27 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, BRYANT, RODMAN, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 1-1, SPREWELL 2-5. LA LAKERS 4-6 (.667), RICE 1-1, HARPER 2-4, FOX 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - EWING, DUDLEY (EJECTED), LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH RAMBIS, FOX, ONEAL. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,505. T - 2:31.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Dudley 21 1-2 0-2 3-5 0 3 2 Johnson 36 3-7 6-8 1-2 2 5 12 Ewing 41 9-25 2-2 1-13 0 6 20 Houston 36 6-12 2-3 0-4 3 3 15 Ward 26 1-6 0-0 1-6 4 0 2 Camby 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Childs 27 3-4 4-4 1-3 6 1 11 Sprewell 33 9-17 5-6 2-7 2 2 25 Thomas 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 4 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 19-25 10-41 20 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 0-2, Childs 1-1, Sprewell 2-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Ewing 3). Turnovers: 13 (Ewing 3, Houston 3, Ward 3, Sprewell 2, Childs, Johnson). Steals: 6 (Ewing 2, Childs, Houston, Thomas, Ward).

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 37 8-14 2-4 2-4 3 3 19 Rodman 35 1-2 5-6 2-12 1 2 7 Oneal 39 8-16 5-15 4-9 0 4 21 Bryant 39 11-20 7-8 0-5 3 3 29 Harper 29 3-8 0-0 0-3 9 3 8 Fisher 19 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 5 4 Fox 20 3-8 2-4 2-3 1 2 9 Horry 13 0-1 0-0 1-4 3 1 0 Rooks 9 0-0 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Knight DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 23-39 12-44 24 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.590. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Rice 1-1, Harper 2-4, Fox 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 2, Bryant, Rodman, Horry). Turnovers: 12 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Harper 2, Rice, Rodman). Steals: 8 (Bryant 5, Harper, Horry, Rice). ____________________________________________ New York 27 15 23 26 - 91 La Lakers 21 29 22 27 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Ewing, 10:42 4th; Dudley (ejected), 6:13 4th). La Lakers 3 (Head Coach Rambis, 0:09 2nd; Fox, 0:03 3rd; Oneal, 6:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Thomas (ejected), 0:03 3rd). A: 17,505. T: 2:31. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal voiced his displeasure with New York center Patrick Ewing's union leadership earlier this week. Tonight, he displayed it against Chris Dudley and the rest of the Knicks.

O'Neal's thunderous dunk over Dudley midway through the fourth quarter sparked a decisive spurt and resulted in the overmatched center's ejection as the Lakers posted a 99-91 victory over the slumping Knicks.

O'Neal, who had 21 points and nine rebounds, gave Los Angeles an 80-75 lead with a wicked two-handed dunk before coming down on Dudley and pushing him to the floor. Dudley retaliated by pegging the ensuing inbounds pass off O'Neal's back from about 30 feet, earning an ejection with 6:13 to play.

"You saw it," Dudley said. "I got frustrated, threw the ball. I didn't know I was going to get ejected. He pushed me and I threw the ball at him. If it was vice versa, he wouldn't have gotten ejected."

"Other people may think that's physical, but I'm used to that," O'Neal said. "It was a fun game. It was a tough game. It was a good win for us."

Glen Rice, who scored 19 points, followed with a pair of free throws and a dunk before former Knick Derek Harper sank consecutive 3-pointers to give Los Angeles an 89-79 lead with 2:58 left.

"He made two big (3-pointers)," said Van Gundy. "I coached him for a little bit and he's a clutch player and always has been."

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Rodman collected seven and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game losing skid.

"We're taking steps," said Bryant. "We all knew New York was going to come in here and try to play a physical game. That is something we talked about here in the locker room before the game so we were prepared for it."

Late in the third quarter, Rodman got entangled and thrown to the floor by Knicks forward Kurt Thomas but refused to retaliate. Thomas was ejected after being charged with a flagrant-2 foul and Rodman sank 1-of-2 free throws to give Los Angeles a 72-65 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"I don't think I should have been ejected from the game," said Thomas. "But I don't really know the rules of how it goes with flagrant-1 and flagrant-2.

"He kicked me and they called a double foul before. I didn't think I should get a foul for being kicked. That's something he's done for a number of years; he's always kicking. I just defend myself if I'm ever done like that."

Ewing had 20 points on 9-of-26 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds before fouling out with 24 seconds left. O'Neal had bashed Ewing for his handling of the lockout situation in an item in Sports Illustrated, claiming that Ewing had "messed up the lockout."

"I didn't make any comments," Ewing said. "I don't care what people say. I did my job and that's over with now. It's all about playing and getting wins."

Latrell Sprewell scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for New York, which completed a 1-2 road trip and has lost four of its last five games.

Allan Houston collected 16 points and Larry Johnson added 12 for the Knicks, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77) and committed 13 turnovers.

Houston scored five points during an 11-4 run as the Knicks jumped out to a 22-13 lead with 2:02 remaining in the first quarter.

Bryant sank a 17-footer with 3.9 seconds left to close the gap to 27-21 entering the second quarter. Rick Fox made a 16-foot jumper and a 3-pointer before Derek Fisher's 19-footer put Los Angeles in front, 28-27, with 9:54 left in the first half.

Marcus Camby's layup gave New York its last lead of the game, 29-28, with 9:04 remaining before Rice took control.

After being held scoreless through the first 12 minutes, Rice scored 11 points in the second period, including nine during a 17-4 spurt that put Los Angeles ahead for good, 45-33, with 3:30 to go.

Rodman, an absentee from practice on Saturday, made 5-of-7 free throws, including a pair with 2:35 to play that extended Los Angeles' lead to 91-81.

"I liked what Dennis was doing today so he got some time," said Los Angeles coach Kurt Rambis. "We had a nice discussion, Dennis and I did. I believe we are on the same page now. We understand each other and I am looking forward to him being a very productive member of this ballclub."

Van Gundy challenged Rodman to make the shots by having Johnson foul him just prior to an in-bounds pass. After calmly sinking both free throws, Rodman glared at Van Gundy as he ran back downcourt.

"He's a dirty player," Van Gundy said. "I mea, he's a great player but he plays dirty. It always amazes me that he's always the one involved but it's always the other player that gets picked on. But again, he gets the biggest ovation coming out before the game so we're (bleep) backwards. We should be cheering and we're not. That's just how it is."

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